Culinary Clash Master Chef Competition Returns To The Venetian For A Second ‘Smack Down’ – Day Two

On Saturday night, The Venetian and The Palazzo Las Vegas kicked off round two of the second annual Culinary Clash Master Chef Competition at Doge’s Palace. Known as the most outrageous chef competition on the Las Vegas Strip, chefs from the resorts faced off against one another, 8 in total, with Emeril Lagasse himself, serving as one of the judges and Robin Leach as the host. Each chef was asked to create a dish from ingredients found moments before in a “mystery basket,” which were then prepared in mobile “food truck” kitchens.

In addition, Master of Mixology, a decidedly spirited competition among resort bartenders, hosted by master mixologist Dale Degroff, also returned to battle out the last three rounds of the competition. Teams Abou-Ganim and Lafranconi contended in a mystery basket challenge, speed contest and the match final, of which Team Abou-Ganim was selected as the Master Mixologist.

Tim Doolittle of Table 10 went on to win the title of Master Chef, facing off in the final “smack down” against Ronnie Rainwater of Delmonico Steak. The ingredients used in the final challenge consisted of king crab, black garlic, fava beans and Spanish chorizo.

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